VIDEO: Rolla Police Make Teenage Cancer Patient's Baddass Wish Come True

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"Aaron has dreamed of being a police officer his entire life."

So begins a heartwarming video that chronicles the day Aaron Settles spent as a police officer in Rolla, where officers went all out to make the teenager's dream a reality.

Settles, who is battling stage IV cancer, wasn't just given a badge a or chance to sit in the patrol car: He cuffed perps, joined a SWAT team, busted drug dealers and filled out paperwork. He did everything but get partnered with an ornery detective just weeks from retirement.

The full video is below, as well as some of our favorite moments.

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A Rolla detective told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that one of the department's dispatchers mentors Settles. "When she brought him and his wish to our attention, it was a no-brainer on what needed to happen. She sent out an e-mail and everyone jumped on board."

Here are some moments that (fair warning) may get you charged with two felony counts of the feels after watching.

Officer Settles is introduced to the rest of the force.

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It's a good thing Settles arrived when he did...

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...Since the streets of Rolla are apparently crawling with Broncos-loving criminals.

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Of course, then comes the real work. Paperwork.

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Not satisfied with just one drug bust, super cop Settles joins the SWAT team for a raid.

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Though it's not shown, we assume Settles learned how test the cocaine's purity by tasting a little off the tip of a Bowie knife.

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Good work Officer Settles. Very good work.

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Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_Towski. E-mail the author at Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com

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6 comments
Jason Goad
Jason Goad

Amazing video, makes you proud to be a human being. Great job to all evolved in making this young man's dream come true.

mozzy636
mozzy636

Bowie Knife? Cops carry those big suckers?


Suzanne Eskandari
Suzanne Eskandari

God bless this wonderful young man and all the officers and staff members of the Rolla police dept. for making his wish come true. May God heal Aaron's body and let him someday be a full-time member of the police force. Prayers.

wonderdog
wonderdog

Bravo, Rolla PD! Although the author's pissy little comments makes me think he would have preferred Officer Settles "make a wish" was to do something really worthwhile, like be an Official WiseAss RFT Reporter...

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